The American accent has been heavily influenced by many other accents: namely, the Irish accent, the Spanish accent, the Italian accent, and, of course, the British English accent, due to America’s history of immigration.
THE IRISH came from the four corners of Ireland, they came in their droves and settled firstly along the east coast of America. ‘They made their home’ in the big cities of New York, Boston and many more!
They brought with them, their IRISH ACCENT:
THE ITALIANS came with their style and their flair, and their “culinary talents in the kitchen” and brought their character and names to the bright lights of New York, along with other cities.
They brought with them, their ITALIAN ACCENT:
THE SPANISH came up from the south, from South America!
They brought with them, their SPANISH ACCENT:
And, as for THE BRITISH, well, ….. as we know, …..
“the rest is history!”
Without doubt, there were other accents that played a part in shaping the American accent. But these four accents stand out as being particularly important: the Irish accent, the Spanish accent, the Italian accent, and, of course, the British English accent.
The American accent has become part of everybody’s childhood. It’s become ‘the voice’ in every home …… thanks to the Hollywood movies!
Growing up, watching the Disney movies, has become ‘a dream come true’ for every child!
The Disney movies introduced us to the American accent!
The Disney characters have taught us to laugh; taught us to cry! They’ve become “the pets of our childhood”, “the pictures of our lives”, ….. we know them all by name!
So many magical moments; ……” We All Have Our Favourites!”
And when those “Hollywood superstars” burst on to our screens, the musical tones of the American accent ‘ring out loud’ for all the world to hear!
The American accent is the sound of the Hollywood movies!
So many ….
“They’re stuck in our memory!”
From different parts of America, we hear the character in their voices!
From ‘the homeland of America’, we relate to their accents!
The American accent characterises the homeland of America!
It carries with it the spirit of sincerity!
It’s the verbal persona of the USA!
The American accent gives us hope! ….. “It inspires us”.
It gives us the dream! ….. “It’s inspirational”.
And in ‘the Land of Hope and Glory’, the American accent is …..
“The Sound of the USA!” ….. and ….. “The True Sound of America!”
North American English Regional Phonology, Wikipedia:
General American English Phonology, Wikipedia:
Dialects Archive, United States of America:
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